June 7

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421 – Emperor Theodosius II marries Aelia Eudocia. The wedding was celebrated at Constantinople (Byzantine Empire). 1494 – Spain and Portugal sign the Treaty of Tordesillas which divides the New World between the two countries. 1628 – The Petition of Right, a major English constitutional document, is granted the Royal Assent by Charles I and […]

June 6

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913 – Emperor Alexander III dies of exhaustion while playing the game tzykanion (Byzantine name for polo). He is succeeded by his 8-year-old nephew Constantine VII. 1749 – The Conspiracy of the Slaves in Malta is discovered. 1762 – Seven Years’ War: British forces begin a siege of Havana, Cuba, and temporarily capture the city […]

June 5

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754 – Boniface, Anglo-Saxon missionary, is killed by a band of pagans at Dokkum in Frisia. 1817 – The first Great Lakes steamer, the Frontenac, is launched. 1829 – HMS Pickle captures the armed slave ship Voladora off the coast of Cuba. 1832 – The June Rebellion breaks out in Paris in an attempt to […]

June 2 ~ It was fifty years ago today that Sgt Pepper taught the Band to Play

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455 – King Gaiseric and the Vandals sack Rome – Rome looted for 14 days 1098 – First Crusade: The first Siege of Antioch ends as Crusader forces take the city; the second siege began five days later. 1615 – First Récollet missionaries arrive at Quebec City, from Rouen, France. 1692 – Bridget Bishop is […]

June 1

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1215 – Zhongdu (now Beijing), then under the control of the Jurchen ruler Emperor Xuanzong of Jin, is captured by the Mongols under Genghis Khan, ending the Battle of Zhongdu. 1495 – A monk, John Cor, records the first known batch of Scotch whisky. 1533 – Anne Boleyn is crowned Queen of England. 1535 – […]

May 31

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455 – Emperor Petronius Maximus is stoned to death by an angry mob while fleeing Rome. 1578 – King Henry III lays the first stone of the Pont Neuf (New Bridge), the oldest bridge of Paris, France. 1669 – Citing poor eyesight, Samuel Pepys records the last event in his diary. 1790 – The United […]

May 30

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AD 70 – Siege of Jerusalem: Titus and his Roman legions breach the Second Wall of Jerusalem. Jewish defenders retreat to the First Wall. The Romans build a circumvallation, cutting down all trees within fifteen kilometers. 1381 – Beginning of the Peasants’ Revolt in England. 1431 – Hundred Years’ War: In Rouen, France, the 19-year-old […]

May 24

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1607 – 100 English settlers disembark in Jamestown, the first English colony in America 1626 – Peter Minuit buys Manhattan 1689 – The English Parliament passes the Act of Toleration protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics are intentionally excluded. 1798 – The Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins. 1813
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May 22

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1334 BC – The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus 760 – 14th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet 1570 – First atlas ‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum’ (Theatre of the World), published by Abraham Ortelius in Antwerp with 70 maps 1803 – First free public […]

May 19

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1051 – Henry I of France is married to Anne of Kiev. 1499 – Catherine of Aragon is married by proxy to Arthur, Prince of Wales. Catherine is 13 and Arthur is 12. 1535 – French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships, 110 men, and Chief […]